District News

It's Time to Dine Al Fresco

May 9, 2018
Just in time for graduation season, Mother's Day, and more, New Yorkers can finally participate in a favorite warm-weather city activity: dining al fresco. Here in Lincoln Square, a number of our terrific restaurants offer outdoor seating areas for the winning combination of food and fresh air.
 
Along Broadway between 62nd and 64th Streets, hungry patrons can relax and enjoy exceptional cuisine, from tasty American to decadent French at one of our neighborhood's "Restaurant Row" eateries. Here, you can dine across from our lush Dante Park and Lincoln Center's Campus at The SmithCafé FiorelloBar BouludÉpicerie Boulud, or Boulud Sud. If you're looking for a lighter sweet snack or a coffee, Breads Bakery also has café tables outside at 1890 Broadway. Over on a slightly quieter Columbus Avenue, Rosa Mexicano's (61 Columbus Ave) breezy sidewalk café is another great spot to enjoy Mexican and margaritas. You can also bite into a classic burger alongside the large open windows at P.J. Clarke's (44 West 63rd Street). And on Lincoln Center's Campus across the street, Lincoln Ristorante allows guests to dine under umbrella shade by the serene Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace.
 
Across from Richard Tucker Park, patrons looking for a quick lunch bite and a coffee or tea can stop by the outdoor area on Columbus Ave at Europan Café (between 66th and 65th Streets). Towards the northern end of Lincoln Square, Nanoosh's Mediterranean menu comes with an outdoor eating option along Broadway at 69th Street. If you're in the mood for a classic Italian meal while enjoying the sunshine, right next-door you can grab a table at Sole Bistro Italiano's quaint outdoor area or at Gina La Fornarina's outdoor seating just a block north. Alternatively, at the southern end of our district, Jean-Georges' Terrace offers sophisticated dishes and stylish outdoor seating just north of the iconic Columbus Circle across from Central Park.
 
You can also grab something to go at one of our quick serve, cafés, or deli spots and take a seat under the shade umbrellas at our two local parks, Dante and Richard Tucker. Of course, if you'd rather dine indoors with the A/C, any of these restaurants plus the many more delicious spots in our neighborhood are a great choice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Visit our Neighborhood Guide to see details on all of Lincoln Square's restaurants. Bon Appetit!
 
Photo credit: Filip Wolak